STEM + -Foundations of Technology

Course Description Foundations of Technology prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone for the high school technology program. Group and individual activities engage students in creating ideas, developing innovations, and engineering practical solutions. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities apply student applications of science, mathematics, and other school subjects in authentic situations. Foundations of Technology focuses on the following three dimensions of technological literacy: 1. Knowledge 2. Ways of Thinking and Acting 3. Capabilities The goal is for students to develop the characteristics of technologically literate citizens. With these characteristics, they will have a better understanding of how the world works and ultimately become better contributors to society. Throughout the Foundations of Technology course, students will learn specifically about the STEM subjects of Technology and Engineering and exploring the way in which these fields interact with all other bodies of knowledge to create solutions to real-life problems. Our knowledge-based economy is driven by constant innovation. The foundation of innovation lies in a dynamic, motivated, and well-educated workforce equipped with STEM skills. However, the nature of our workforce and the needs of our industries have changed over time. Today, an understanding of scientific and mathematical principles, a working knowledge of computer hardware and software, and the problem solving skills developed by courses in STEM are necessary for most jobs. Therefore, STEM education is an enormous and pressing need.

Students will participate in group and individual activities for creating ideas, developing innovations, designing, fabricating, and engineering practical solutions. The course materials will provide technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities that require students to apply science, mathematics and other school subjects to engineer solutions to real-life situations. The work completed in this course will help students develop technological literacy, which is extremely important for their future.

STEM 1- Advanced Design Applications

Advanced Design Applications focuses on three dimensions of technological literacy--knowledge, ways of thinking and acting, and capabilities--with the goal of students developing the characteristics of technologically literate citizens. It employs teaching/learning strategies that enable students to explore and deepen their understanding of "big ideas" regarding technology and makes use of a variety of assessment instruments to reveal the extent of understanding.

This course provides several options for the teacher, with seven units from which to choose:

  • Unit 1. Construction
  • Unit 2. Energy and Power
  • Unit 3. Transportation
  • Unit 4. Manufacturing
  • Robotics

STEM II - Engineering Design

Engineering Design focuses on how engineers apply their creativity, resourcefulness, mathematical, scientific and technical knowledge and skills in the creation or refinement of technological products/systems. A key approach will be the employment of a sophisticated, sequential and iterative design and development process to solve authentic engineering tasks/problems.

Students will be challenged to participate as members of engineering teams within a typical business organization. Independent and group work will be reflective of authentic engineering projects found in the designed world. Student performance within this structure will be assessed in numerous and diverse ways. It is important to note that measurement of student performance will be reflective of actual professional engineering evaluative processes currently used in this career field. Major topics or chapters will be included to organize instruction of appropriate standards and benchmarks and reflect contemporary engineering industry practices:

  • Principles of Design
  • Engineering Resources
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Project Management